Leaders of a rival Telangana employees' union have levelled serious charges of corruption against Telangana Employees Joint Action Committee chairman K. Swamy Goud that spearheaded strike by government employees for Telangana State.
Joint Struggle Committee of Telangana Employees' Unions, which was against the strike without involving politicians, submitted a memorandum to Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan, on Wednesday demanding a CBI inquiry against Mr. Goud.
Mr. Goud, they alleged, thwarted attempts for such probes by the State government agencies.
The TEJAC leaders, however, rebutted the charges claiming it was a deliberate attempt to run down the leadership of separate Telangana. Telangana Gazetted Officers' Association president K. Srinivas Goud said the charge was aimed at demoralising activists of Telangana movement and said allotment of land was open to scrutiny.
Struggle Committee chairman K. Gopal Reddy and others who called on the Governor told him that they were forced to approach him for justice as there was no response to their complaints at different levels – from Vigilance Commissioner to Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy. They had earlier complained to the Chief Minister that they received threatening calls from Mr Goud's followers and sought police protection. Mr. Reddy reportedly assured them that he would issue instructions to the DGP. They alleged that Mr. Goud founded the Telangana NGOs' Mutually-Aided Cooperative Housing Society in 2003 and secured 160 acres of land at Gopannapalli from the government for distribution as house-sites to its members in Twin Cities. But, the sites were allotted to ineligible persons and non-government employees under benami names and development work undertaken by Mr. Swamy Goud without calling for tenders.
Mr. Goud owned a house and plot in 2003 and was not qualified to form a housing society in the first place, let alone becoming its member, they said.
T-JAC chairman M. Kodandaram and others criticised the rival organisation claiming that a false campaign was launched against Mr. Goud The charge was levelled against Mr. Goud at a time when Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad announced that the Centre would shortly deliver a decision on T-issue. The NGOs association general secretary G. Deviprasad Rao and Telangana employees' association president C. Vittal said the charge was made in collusion with Ministers and important government functionaries from coastal districts.